Former Neighbours star Jason Donovan told me of his desire to return to soap backstage at the Leeds Grand Theatre. He said: “I do miss having a character to build and develop ... ideally I would love to appear in Emmerdale as I love the accent, the area and the people. Maybe I could buy Home Farm?” Well, bosses?
Michelle Collins seems to be playing Stella in Coronation with a rather odd Manchester accent, but she is that defiant it’s good. “I have a dialect coach on set with me at all times and people are saying I have it spot on,” she said.
This Morning host Philip Schofield likes to make sure he keeps looking superslim – he spurns the ITV canteen and always brings in his lowcalorie homemade lunch...
Remember daytime BBC show ‘Style Challenge’ from the 90s which was hosted by John Leslie? It’s set to make a comeback, this time though with the usual celebrity element ... you read it here first.
The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright allegedly has ambitions to become a Hollywood actor. Nightclub promoter Wright, who has found fame on ITV2’s reality soap, has apparently switched management in an attempt to launch himself as a TV presenter and thespian.
The BBC are trying to lure Paul O’Grady from ITV. Sources tell me that ITV are fed up with him moaning about the endless ad breaks du ring his chat show on a Friday nights...
Rula Lenska let slip that she is returning to Coronation Street in 2012. “I have had a good word and it looks like we will see a different side to Claudia when she returns,” she said. “It may not all be so rosy in the garden in the future.”
Best known now for promoting a health food store on TV, former Blue Peter host Gethin Jones is once again trying his luck with a new show for ITV1 based on the ‘Surprise Surprise’ format started by Cilla in the 80s.
Guess what – another kidnap plot in Coronation Street. Straight after John Stape and co it appears that Tracy Barlow will kidnap her daughter Amy from father Steve and leave the Street. According to ITV this will be a “great explosive storyline”. Really...?
Claudia Winkleman could be looking at an early demise for her new Channel 4 show ‘King Of’. Starting off well in the ratings it soon faded but the channel are so far “sticking by the format”.
Dermot O’Leary claims that he is thrilled with his new ITV1 show ‘Marriage Ref on Saturdays, but over in the US, where the show originates from, it’s already been axed from the schedules.
The One Show host M att Baker (also the winner also of Strictly Come Dancing) admits he would love to appear in a stage musical. “I can of course dance, but singing is something of a problem,” he said. “But who knows, with lessons?!”
Kylie Minogue is looking at a longterm stint in Las Vegas and tells me: “I love the idea of being in one place for a longer time, and it’s great fun there.”
Former Doctor In The House star George Layton is joining EastEnders as Janine’s uncle for a longer stint in the show, I can reveal. George who hails from Yorkshire tells me: “I love the show and ideally I would like to stay as long as possible, but who knows, it’s all down to the writers.”
Over to Emmerdale and its new café after the fire, which looks a bit like a Costa Coffee.
The reason behind this is simple – they plan to have many product endorsements in the future and this newlyrevamped design makes it look nicer for advertisers...
Dynasty star Joan Collins has a new book out later in the year and tells me: “It’s basically my thoughts on everything ... I just hope that people can find some help from it, I know I had some fun writing it.”
It looks like the decision to axe drama ‘The Royal’ was a big mistake. With the new series now peaking at over five million viewers on a Sunday night, the episodes have been in the can for over a year, but in the meantime bosses have said this will be the last series.
Lorraine Kelly has reverted back to a fourday week now on Daybreak and her own show on ITV. Sources say that when she is off on Fridays, guest hosts will be brought in.
Emmerdale actress Charley Webb, who plays Debbie Dingle in the soap, tells me she can’t believe she will have been been in soap for a decade next year. “I will stay as long as they want me and I am getting great storylines too,” she said.
ITV has defended afternoon discussion programme Loose Women amid claims of a ratings crisis.
Viewing figures have reportedly fallen as low as 700,000, prompting concern that the format is growing “tired”.